Sunday, April 25, 2021

Wagons, Wheels, and Monster Trucks

 And now He's Three!!!

And Bouncy Castles

Happy Birthday to our sweet boy!

 Your kind sweet spirit,
Your warm, heart melting hugs,
Your determination,
Your love of the outdoors,
Your blue, blue eyes,
and everything about YOU!

So glad we could spend a bit of time with you on your special day.

Blessings to you always ...

Our hearts!

The cake:

I think this is the yummiest chocolate cake recipe I've ever made - fudgy and moist!
I baked it in three 6" X 3" round cake pans - saving one of the rounds for
the farmer's upcoming birthday.

The recipe is by "Live Well Bake Often" - a great motto to have.

It was fun to create the Monster Truck Tires (with licorice tread) - or almost anyway.

Till next time .... feeling blessed!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Two Months

Two months ago we made a very big move ...
from our beloved farm of 41 years to the lovely suburbs of
beautiful Stratford, Ontario.

A dream come true for retirement and still close to "home"
where our grandchildren can grow up on the same farm that their mommy
grew up on!

Occasionally we need to pinch ourselves.
Spring has sprung here and at the farm, the warm sunshine has opened 
the flowers and the leaf buds are popping open.

In all this goodness, there has, however, been a cloud hanging over it all.
Just a few short weeks ago the farmer and I were sent reeling
with the diagnosis of cancer!

He has just undergone 2 rounds of surgery and now we await
further testing and a treatment plan.

Not once did I ever think I would be adding the word Cancer to my list of Labels 
for this blog!

There is still so much to be thankful for:
Quick action by his doctors
Second surgery squeezed into surgeon's busy schedule
Compassionate Home Care nurses
Local emergency availability when needed
The warmth of the sun, bringing renewed life and flowers
Family who helps at the drop of a hat
Sweet grandchildren to love
Surrounded by a caring church family
and for praying friends and family
A risen Lord and Saviour

Our hearts have been touch deeply!
Our hope is for minimal spread of this disease,
For full recovery,
For patience and strength to get through the weeks and months ahead.

These words by Ann Voskamp have given me much to think about:

"Let Hope always carry you or fears will carry you away.
So, even if just for today -- thank God for the hot tea
and the sunlight through our windows and the friend who kept showing up
to make a difference and for your people around you
who you get to look right in the eye today and say those
two words that literally can change everything - THANK YOU.
Let's not let the everyday routines numb us to the miracle
of living every day!

Our Joy ... and Hope

Till next time - We put our trust in the Lord. 


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